Former City Council Member Ruben Wills was sentenced on August 10, 2017 to two to six years in prison. He was ordered to pay restitution of approximately $33,000 and fined $5,000.
Wills was indicted by Attorney General Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapaoli in a corruption scheme that involved a non-profit and campaign funds.
Will has maintained his innocence during and after the trial. Wills’ defense was that his bookkeeping was careless. “I have not lied to my community and I maintain my innocence,” posted former Council Member Ruben Wills on Facebook after he was tried and convicted. The former council member was reported as crying after his sentencing.
Wills is the forth Southeast Queens elected officials to be convicted of corruption charges in the last four years.
Ruben Wills represented Council District 28 which includes Jamaica, Ozone Park and Richmond Hill. He was elected to the seat in 2011 after a special election due to the passing of Councilmember Thomas White Jr.